SPRING/SUMMER 2013 Newsletter
USF Surpasses $600 Million USF: Unstoppable Campaign Goal
The Gonzmart Family Plaza, which anchors the new baseball and softball complex, was made possible by a campaign gift from Richard Gonzmart and family.
USF hails the positive impact the campaign will have within the USF System for generations to come.
The USF Foundation, in conjunction with the University of South Florida System, announced today that it has exceeded the $600 million fundraising goal for the USF: Unstoppable Campaign. The campaign, publicly launched in October of 2009, has raised both awareness and funding for USF System students and priorities in academics, athletics and research. As of June 30, the campaign has raised more than $621 million.
USF System President Judy Genshaft said the successful campaign has truly been a system-wide effort, and one that has lived up to its billing.
"We are so grateful to the many people throughout the Tampa Bay region and around the country who have supported the USF System through their gifts during this campaign," said Genshaft. "They have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and our faculty and their generosity will benefit and impact our community in so many ways."
The USF: Unstoppable Campaign raised more than $75 million for student
scholarships and $34 million for faculty chairs and professorships. In addition, benefactors to the campaign donated more than $325 million to support academic program enhancements, which impact both faculty and students through the creation of better opportunities for teaching, learning, and research.
USF: Unstoppable Campaign Chair Les Muma said that the academic focus of the campaign was not lost on USF's many supporters.
"As chair of this campaign, I had the opportunity to meet with many, many donors who support the USF System," said Muma. "Time and again I was struck by how their giving to USF was motivated by wanting to help students learn, faculty members teach and conduct research, and by their desire to see the impact their philanthropy makes on both individuals and the greater community. We are so thankful for the gifts of more than 140,000 donors who stepped forward to support USF."
"Scholarships, fellowships, chairs and professorships were all created during the campaign, and that speaks volumes about the focus of those who stepped forward to support USF."
—Les Muma, USF: Unstoppable Campaign Co-Chair
Also benefitting from the campaign has been USF Health, including the Morsani College of Medicine, and the USF Colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Including the giving of Frank and Carol Morsani, which led to the naming of the Morsani College of Medicine and the construction of the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, more than $170 million was donated to USF Health.
Giving to USF Health led to the establishment of the SELECT Program, USF's partnership with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, the growth of the USF Diabetes Center and BRIDGE clinics serving at-risk youth in Tampa Bay. The USF athletics program raised nearly $40 million during the campaign, with many of the gifts designated for new facilities. Now dotting the dramatically altered athletics landscape are the Pam and Les Muma Basketball Center, the Corbett Soccer Stadium, the Gonzmart Family Plaza (connecting the new baseball and softball stadiums), the Chowdhari Golf Center, the Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex and the soon-to-be-constructed James Tennis Center, funded by a lead gift from Tom James.
Academic and campus life facilities were also supported by giving during the USF: Unstoppable Campaign. The nearly $140 million raised for facilities included the Patel Center for Global Solutions in Tampa and the Sembler Family Fountain and Plaza at the heart of USF St. Petersburg.
Joel Momberg, senior vice president for University Advancement and Alumni Affairs and CEO of the USF Foundation, summed up the gratitude of USF and the USF Foundation for the support of so many.
"The USF: Unstoppable Campaign, through the creation of facilities, endowments and academic enhancements, is not only changing lives for the better today, but will continue to do so far into the future," said Momberg. "This campaign is strengthening USF in countless ways, as well as the entire community. The USF Foundation looks forward to continuing to work with our friends and partners to forge a stronger USF System for many years to come."
McCracken Bequest Yields More than One Million Dollar Gift to
USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education for Scholarships
Future educators from Manatee County studying at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) College of Education will have access to even greater scholarship opportunities thanks to the bequest of the estate of Francis E. and Gaile McCracken. The gifts from the McCracken estate will bring the lifetime total of their donations to nearly $1.3 million to support future educators in Manatee County who attend USFSM.
Francis McCracken ("Mac") was born in Indiana in 1920, the youngest of seven boys and four girls. He entered training for the Air Force and was certified as a fIghter pilot just after WWII ended. Francis attended Purdue on the GI bill, earning a bachelor's in Agriculture and a master's in Education. His wife, Gaile, attended Ball State Teachers College and Syracuse University and taught high school social studies. Francis taught vocational agriculture in Indiana and agriculture and biology in Michigan. He was also adjunct faculty for USF.
Mr. and Mrs. McCracken retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed traveling to most countries around the globe. The couple had no children, and after retiring to Manatee County, lived modestly and invested carefully. In 2007, Francis created the McCracken Educator's Scholarships at USF Sarasota-Manatee, and was proud to provide a legacy of financial support and access to higher education for Manatee County students attending USFSM. The scholarships contain both financial need and academic eligibility requirements.
When he died last August, Francis left a bequest in his will which added more than a million dollars in endowment to the existing McCracken Educator's Scholarships Fund for students at USFSM.
"As dedicated educators, the McCrackens believed in the value of creating a steady supply of future teachers, as well as helping Manatee County students offset the rising cost of a quality education," said USFSM's Regional Vice Chancellor for Advancement Dennis Stover. "The McCracken Educator's scholarships in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education ensure a wonderful legacy of generosity that will impact future educators and our region for many years to come."
Former Professor Gives $100,000 to Business Honors Program
Dick Dutton, second from left, is joined by USF College of
Business Dean Moez Limayem and Business Honors Program
Director Joni Jones along with honors students José Jarquin,
Tara Weingardt, and Natalie Pearson
The Business Honors Program at the USF College of Business, the only program of its kind in Florida, recently received a donation that will further its mission of recruiting top high school students and providing them with exclusive educational opportunities and professional experience.
Former Management Professor Dick Dutton donated $100,000 to the program, saying he wanted to be a part of a new program that could use additional funding to make its mark on the university. He also said he was impressed by the Business Honors Program's selectivity and uniqueness. Dutton, who taught at USF for more than four decades, already had established an endowed scholarship in his name and said he enjoys investing in USF because he gets to meet the students who have benefitted from his generosity.
"Education is one of the very few investments that disasters cannot remove," he said, contrasting it with the stock market or real estate. "Those investments are transient and a lot more fragile than we think." Founded in 2010, the USF Business Honors Program provides top students with smaller classes and a two-year residency in the Bulls Business Community, a living-learning program that strives to transform students into business professionals from their first moments on campus, while fostering friendships that will last a lifetime. Students in the Business Honors Program also take part in summer study abroad programs, garner knowledge from hands-on internships, design and manage service learning activities, and have the chance to take part in business research, an opportunity usually reserved for graduate level scholars.
Business Honors Program Director Joni Jones said she believes Dutton's gift will help the two-year-old program move toward its goal of becoming one of the foremost business honors programs in the nation. "This is the only honors program exclusively for business students in the state of Florida and my goal is to build this into an exemplary model that universities nationwide emulate," Jones said. "Because we have a lot of room to create something unique and exciting, and with the resources Dr. Dutton has provided, we can certainly make great strides in that direction."
College of Business Dean Moez Limayem said the gift represents a great opportunity for a fledgling program with room to grow. "We are excited to find the best ways that this donation will benefit our current and future business honors students," Limayem said. "Professor Dutton is an inspiration to all educators because he changed the lives of USF students during his decades of teaching here, and with his generosity continues to do so in his retirement."
Dutton, who will serve on the Business Honors Exceptional Scholars Award scholarship committee that provides $2,500 to one student who exemplifies the values of the program, said he is excited to see that forward movement firsthand. His relationships with students are what motivate him to keep giving, he said.
"Because the program is so selective, it really does pick the best and brightest," Dutton said. "When you put money into a program like that, the future investment and the benefits are guaranteed to be high."
Our thanks to those who have contributed $1 million or more to the USF: Unstoppable Campaign (From July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2013)
Charles Mahan and Delores Jeffers
Edward and Jeanne Mansfield
Jack* and Claudia McCorkle
Francis E. McCracken*
Al and Maureen Meilus
Roger Monsour and Barbara Harken Monsour
Jane and George Morgan
Carol and Frank Morsani
Pamela and Leslie Muma
Kiran and Pallavi Patel
Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
Radiology Associates of Tampa, Inc.
Glenn and Linda Ruediger
Drs. Paul and Cyndy Sanberg
State University System of Florida
Chris and Sandra Sullivan
Tampa General Hospital
Joe and Sheryl Teague
The Bernard Osher Foundation
The Patterson Foundation
The Williams Companies, Inc.
Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship
Tom A. Tiedemann
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Walter L. Mason and Phyllis W. Mason Trust
David* and Ann V.* Yenkinson
Jordan and Denise Zimmerman
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
All Children's Hospital, Inc.
Lewis and Enid Barness
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Louise Carson Bishop*
James A. and Angela R. Brewer
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Samuel and Juliana Bynum
Drs. Sandra and David* Cahill and Family
Central Florida Development Council
Shaukat and Antonina Chowdhari
Cisco Systems, Inc.
John and Judith Clute
Cornelia and Richard Corbett
Anthony B.* and Mary G.* Eikenbary
Robert H. Fier, M.D.
Judy Genshaft and Steven Greenbaum
Helios Education Foundation
Bradford and Terry Holcombe
Dan and Tina Johnson
R. Terry Johnson and Stephanie
Thomas Kennedy, Jr. and Patricia Kennedy
Lakeland Economic Development Council
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lincoln College Education and
Research Fund, Inc.
Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.
Daphne and Michael Mahagan